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Millet is an Untapped Gluten-Free Resource

Celiac.com 05/14/2013 - Despite the fact that millet is more nutritious than wheat, as well as other gluten-free grains, modern science lacks the processing technologies to manufacture it on a large scale. Millet is an age-old grain, however we have yet to harness its full potential due to this drawback.

Photo: CC--tonrulkinsThe preparation of millet includes fermentation, decortication, milling, and sieving. Most of millet being processed today is currently being down on a household level in rural areas, and due to this fact its availability is limited in urban areas. Another challenge with increasing millet production is making sure the nutritional properties are not depleted during the process.

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Current health benefits of millet include high anti-oxidants which could mean a reduced risk of cancer. It is also used more and more in diabetic products because it is high in polyunsaturated fat.

While there currently isn't a system to produce millet on a large scale, there is research being done in this area. Perhaps in the near future we will see this grain being produced on the scale needed to make it common place in gluten-free products.

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Linda
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14 Nov 2013 6:59:46 PM PDT
Good. I like this.

 
no millet
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16 Dec 2013 7:54:30 PM PDT
Millet has thyroid suppressing properties and should only be eaten in small amounts.

 
Shannon
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Only people with thyroid disease have to watch out for goitrogenic foods. They will not effect a healthy thyroid.

 
sandy
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06 Jan 2014 9:41:06 AM PDT
I have celiac and had a horrible reaction to Millet. It may not be safe for all.

 
admin
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13 Jan 2014 11:22:47 AM PDT
Uncontaminated milliet is gluten-free, but you may have a separate intolerance to it.

 
kristin
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07 Oct 2014 8:37:27 PM PDT
I am celiac and also had a bad reaction. Many other celiac also report problems with it.

 
A.J.
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30 Oct 2014 5:42:14 PM PDT
Millet is considered the 5th most cross reactive food for people with celiac disease. It may not adversely affect everyone, but I would strongly advise people to avoid it.

 
admin
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31 Oct 2014 11:12:36 AM PDT
Millet is 100% gluten-free, but every celiac may have additional intolerance issues that they need to figure out.




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